Steve and Coralie {Abbotsford Wedding Photographer}

This wedding was incredible, an amazing way to start my 2015 year.  Coralie and Steve are two of the most genuine people I have ever met. Their faith in God, care for their friends and family, and love for each other really make them special.  Their engagement session was AMAZING!   These two smouldered in each other and their chemistry is undeniable so you could imagine their wedding was no different.  I had Shawn by my side, it’s so great to have a second shooter getting all those extra angles and emotions! I asked Coralie a couple of questions after the wedding, it’s neat to hear the couple look back on one of the most memorable days of their lives.

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Coralie is stunning, look at her amazing dress.
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This little purse was so special, it was made from her mothers wedding dress.
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I wanted to know what Coralie thought when she saw Steve for the first time….  “When I saw my husband-to-be for the first time, it was pretty surreal. I was trying to process the fact that we were about to get married. He looked SO handsome and I was SO glad to be beside him finally, holding his hand, as his wife-to-be on our wedding day.”
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I also wanted to know Steve’s first reaction… here’s what he said to his beautiful bride… “You look absolutely beautiful.”
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I love how C had her parents in a locket that she kept on her bouquet.  ♥
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This house was amazing! This room in particular was my fav…
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I’m so in love with this orchard….
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This is my favourite girls photos to date! How cute is C?

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Favourite photo of the day!
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LOVE!
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I turned around and they gave me this in 2 seconds… LOL
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Spring is SO gorgeous and these magnolia trees were the perfect end to our photos.  Aren’t they gorgeous all together!
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I asked her what her best detail was….   “My favourite detail was probably the tin cans I made. I’d antiqued pages from a physics textbook (for Stephen, the physics/math teacher), maps of places we’d both travelled to and want to travel to, and sheet music (for me, the singer and music lover) and then mod podged them onto soup and tomato cans that would hold pencils and flowers as part of the table centrepieces. I didn’t really realize how big of a project I was doing when I decided to do it but I’m very happy with how they turned out.”
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From C “My favourite part of the wedding was having almost all the people I love the most in one place.”
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From Coralie and Steve…  “We’re the most excited about not having to part ways anymore after we say good night and waking up beside each other the next morning.”
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Brothers are the best! {Abbotsford Family Photographer}

I have photographed these two a couple times and they had no problem giving the smiles again.  :D I love how I get to photograph clients year after year, seeing them grow and change.  I feel so blessed to get to do what I love.
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Emilie & Keith {Mission Wedding Photographer}

Keith and Emilie are amazing!  :D They had so much chemistry and seriously… they rocked it with this shoot.  I’m so excited for their June wedding!  Its going to be gorgeous!  :D This might be one of my new favourite locations…. its so gorgeous…  and yes I will be keeping this one a secret… ;)
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London Turns One {Chilliwack Family Photographer}

This little sweetie is one!!!  :D She was so cute with her momma and daddy all dressed up with a crown and a tutu.  I also noticed since our last photo shoot a certain stink eye that really made me laugh… I think you’ll notice it a couple times during the session.  ;)
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This first stink eye of the shoot… ;) Isn’t it the best???!!!!!
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Gorgeous hair Katie, this one’s for you Andrea…. ;)
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My fav of the whole day…. look at her pose.
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Soooooo yummy!! A Tracycakes cake!!!
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The famous cake smash!
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Rosie & Daryl {Chilliwack Wedding Photographer}

I love it when my clients take the lead and they know what they want!  These two chose an adventure to go on, with a farm tour, finding a hazelnut orchard, and heading up a mountain!  We got an amazing day in February, the sun was shining bright and they rocked it!  I’m so excited for their May wedding!  :D
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WPPI Why go?  And what I would do different….

Wow, what can I say…  I’ve been waiting 8 years to attend the Weddings and Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas…. and I finally had the chance to experience it!  It was amazing! I had the privilege to travel with a close friend, Angela Baron, who has her own business and also wanted to go to WPPI.

 

I saw numerous speakers and teachers over my six days, and returned so motivated and  excited to put what I learned into my business. I want to highlight a couple of speakers that truly stood out to me, and if you attend WPPI next year you need to check them out. Please excuse my crappy iphone pics… ;)

 

If you are needing inspiration on the business side of photography… check out Katelyn James….  I thought I liked her work and her amazing talent, but hearing her passion and seeing her in person was inspiring.  She is truly genuine and I really believe she cared about helping my business and teaching us how to improve as photographers.

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Ryan Schembri and Rocco Ancora…. need I say more… they did things with light I didn’t know was possible.  So technical, yet doable… the images that were coming straight out of camera was crazy.  No photoshop necessary!!  They also had their fabulous wives there and seeing how they worked as a team was so cool.
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Photographing newborns is something you can never stop learning about.  From newborn safety to baby soothing, Kelly Brown had a lot to share, she is such a fabulous newborn photographer.  She’s also an amazingly sweet person and was so open about who she was and where she started.  She was so kind to go over so much, and to teach in such a down to earth manner.
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And last, but not least…. Zach and Jody Gray… These two were rockin… they showed us off camera flash and yes…. we actually got to shoot!!!   I find with workshops sometimes it’s hard to try out what is being taught. Both of them were so willing to help and answer any questions.  You have to take their class if you get a chance.  :)
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So why go???   To be inspired, to learn and of course to have fun!  I waited 8 years and it was well worth it.  :D What would I do different???

 

3 things I would do different when going back to WPPI…

 

  1. Stay at the MGM!!!!   If you don’t know the MGM… its a CRAZY, huge hotel!!  We stayed right across the street and it took us at least half hour to get to classes.
  2. Pre plan meet ups… Ang and I wished we could have met more people and mingled more.
  3. Really look into your speakers and teachers, study them and make sure they are a good fit for you and what you want to learn.  :D

Ashley

Evan & Dawn {Abbotsford Engagement Photographer}

LOVED this amazing session!!!   :D These two were so fun and and Dawn’s smile is truly contagious!  I am so excited for their amazing wedding in August!
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Behind the scenes {Fraser Valley Wedding Photographer}

In 2014 I had an incredible wedding season, and I have been SO blessed to be a part of each and every one of these weddings.  To be there to see them say their vows and commit to each other for the rest of their lives.  A huge thanks to Rebecca for taking most of these photos of me photographing these wonderful couples!! She’s amazing and I have been so lucky to have such an amazing girl with me this year!  ♥  I am so excited to share with you 2014 behind the scenes!!!
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The dress fluffer
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Asking strangers to take a photo of me taking a photo… ;)
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Rain boots are a must!!
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Climbing up on garbage cans…
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Crouching
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Its all in the details
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Sometimes you have to get low
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Being short a stool is a must!
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I love E sessions!
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I second shot for Vanessa, it was so fun!
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Holding an umbrella and a camera at the same time is an art!
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Whatever makes me taller!
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Patterned socks are my favourite.
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Great Gatsby!!!
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The Pink Lady!!!!!!
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Selfie’s!
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LOVE this girl!!!!
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Getting down and dirty!
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Playing in the leaves
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Loved every minute of this season and all my couples!!!!!!!!

Website and Valentines Day Give Away!

 

VDay Contest 2015

 

I’m so excited to be doing another give away to celebrate my new website as well as share the love for vday!!! So like my Facebook page!!  Dames & Dolls Make Up by Jen Vanderzalm has offered hair and make up to add to the give away so give her some love too by sharing and liking her page too! 

Reflecting on this year {Fraser Valley Wedding Photographer}

I’m taking this week to reflect, to be thankful for all the amazing people I have been able to meet in 2014.  The first post is about all my weddings I had this year, I am SO blessed to have had the chance to get to know each and every one of these couples, and photograph something that they will remember for the rest of their lives!!!  I am also announcing that I am launching a vamp up on my WEBSITE!!!!  I am SO excited beyond words and I can’t wait to share it with you!!!  In all the excitement I will be giving away a FREE mini session, you just need to follow me on Instagram to enter and to get a bonus entry you just have to LIKE the Facebook page. SO follow me @ashleymartensphotograpy to enter!!! YAY!!!!!
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